RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is the way people over the age of seven are welcomed into the Catholic faith. RCIA is a process or journey for those who want to be baptized in the Catholic Church. It is an introduction to the stories, rituals and symbols of the Catholic community which invites those preparing for baptism in the church to enter deeper into their faith journey. The RCIA introduces those who have not been baptized to the Catholic faith and how this faith is lived out. At the same time it introduces those who are taking a look at Catholicism to the Catholic community here at the Paulist Center so we can walk with you on your journey of faith. RCIA is for those who have never been baptized in any Christian faith tradition. The community celebrates baptism at the Easter Vigil.
Over the course of the RCIA, you meet regularly with members of the community and with other catechumens (those preparing for baptism in the Catholic church) to reflect together on the Scriptures, to learn about and discuss basic elements of the Christian faith, and to pray together in preparation for the reception of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. In addition to the support of the entire community, you will also be introduced to a sponsor to touch base with regarding your questions and reflections, to introduce you to other members and ministries at the Center, and to be a spiritual "big brother or sister" during initiation.
Each person has their own unique faith journey. Your journey is different from others, but many questions that you ask will be similar. RCIA begins with a period called inquiry which has no obligation, but only an invitation to ask questions. You are welcome to drop by, ask questions and check us out. For more information regarding RCIA, please contact Fr. Rick Walsh, CSP @ 617-948-2424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.